Classic drama

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 17, 2010

He is speaking to her Gentleman Caller (Kelby T. Atkin), a co-worker at the warehouse whom he has brought to meet his sister. The young man has been earnestly underachieving on all cylinders, trying to make up for lack of talent by pumping up the gusto. But Atkin soon has us rooting for him, since the self-confidence that the man tries to impart to Laura, inspired by a public speaking course he recently took, is made to come from a generous spirit rather than conceited bluster.

As impressive as the rest of the cast is, Buirski's Laura will stay with you as long as you remember this play. Her scene with the Gentleman Caller will break your heart as she has you follow all the changes the young woman goes through, taking many tiny steps from abject trepidation, through deserved confidence, to unsentimental realism. At the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, Buirski finds strength in the character that I never knew existed.

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